The Indianapolis aerospace application support center for Pittsburgh-based PPG Inc. (NYSE: PPG) has announced an initiative with Bosma Enterprises in Indy to provide work for those who are blind and visually impaired. The ASC is opening up light assembly work to Bosma employees using PPG-designed tools to build and gather small parts used to mix aerospace sealants.
“PPG is committed to employing people of all abilities, and this arrangement enables us to connect with a highly capable but often underused segment of the local workforce,” said Connie Poulsen, PPG business manager, ASC, aerospace, Indianapolis. “We have complete confidence in the ability of the Bosma Enterprises team to assist us with assembling mixers. We are also happy to support Bosma Enterprises’ mission of making a difference in the lives of people with vision loss.”
The center’s maintenance crew devised ways for Bosma employees to use guides, enabling them to use their hands to make measurements and to allow for an insertion tool to complete assembly.
“We are pleased to be working with a trusted company that has a long-standing reputation for delivering industry-leading products to the marketplace while engaging with the community,” said Jeff Mittman, Bosma Enterprises president and CEO. “Our relationship with PPG leverages our experience in light manufacturing to fill a need in the company’s supply chain, thereby creating jobs for people who are blind or visually impaired. This allows us to continue our effort to combat the 70% unemployment rate among people with vision loss.”
The PPG Indianapolis ASC is one of 16 similar centers around the world supporting the company’s aerospace coatings, sealants, application systems and more.
*Pictured L-R- Tekie Kismu, Bosma Enterprises production support employee; Jeff Mittman, Bosma Enterprises president and CEO; Connie Poulsen, PPG business manager, application support center, aerospace, Indianapolis; and Joe Iames, Bosma Enterprises shipping and receiving container handler*